Donuts

Assortment from DG Doughnuts
Assortment from DG Doughnuts

Oh, doughnut. How I love thee. You see, my love for this oh-so-sweet snack is pretty deep.

Every day seems to be a food holiday, but today happens to be a bit near and dear to my belly.

It’s National Doughnut Day, people!

To set the mood for this writing session, I warmed up a glazed doughnut from DG Doughnuts, and I must say it was definitely good.

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Major at Little Blue Donut Truck

Who knew these fried pieces of goodness had so much history? Dating back to the 1800s, doughnuts can be found around the globe in various countries from Israel to Finland.

Round, square, long, glazed, sprinkles, stuffed, plain— they really do come in all shapes and sizes.

Here in Central Florida, local bakeries are getting onboard with what food enthusiasts are craving and dishing out some unique sweets. Now I know that I didn’t include every shop. I’ve only included the ones I’ve visited, so please comment with your favorite spot.

If You Doughnut Know, Now You Know

Before you head to your favorite bakeshop, check out this handy guide below.

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Where To Get Your Fix

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Oreo doughnut from Donuts To Go

Around Town

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Mint Chocolate Chunk and Rosemary’s Berry doughnuts from Valhalla Bakery

Vegan Goodness 

Delivery Only 

I’m off to the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival tonight, where I’ll be double-fisting Revolution Doughnuts! Follow me on Instagram at @MajorCreates with the hashtag #MajorTravels.

Snack on,

Chauniqua Major, but we’re friends so call me Major!

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Well, hello!

I’m Major, TastyChomps.com’s newest contributing food writer. To kicks things off, I’ve conducted a Q&A with myself (we all talk to ourselves, right?).

My stories will include everything from chef interviews, recipe features and industry news to kitchen gadgets, healthy eats, foodie fashion and even workout tips to keep the pounds off!

Check back for stories and send suggestions! And, if you catch me cruisin’ down Orlando Avenue sipping cold brew blasting NPR, holla at me!

Q: When did you fall in love with food? 

A: October 4, 2006 was the day that my love affair with food began. It all started with a sweet introduction to Blue Bird Bake Shop’s Downside Up cupcake.

Q: Where are you from and what do you do? 

A: I’m a New York native turned avid Orlandoan. By day, I’m publicist at a super cool PR/creative agency in downtown Orlando, and at night, I’m fighting the good fight against boring snacks as a foodpreneur with Project Pop, my organic kettle corn company.

Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to work with top chefs and restaurants throughout the country, so I know my way around the kitchen. I am also obsessed with fitness, so check out my Instagram to follow my gym chronicles!

Q: What are you currently drinking? 

A: My everyday, fail-proof drink is Dandelion Communitea Cafe’s iced coffee with plain soy milk and one pump of agave. Go in, and tell them Major sent you. You will not regret it! I also just purchased a great bag of beans from Lucky Goat Coffee Co. in Tallahassee. It’s pretty amazing.

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Q: What is always in your fridge?

A: Homemade cold brew, coconut water and at least three different types of organic greens

Q: Where do you shop for groceries? 

A: You can find me on Saturday mornings at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market, or shamelessly running around Trader Joe’s, while juggling 15 items in my hands.

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Q: What’s your earliest memory of food? 

A: My dad would sit me down for hours on Saturday mornings to sip water straight from fresh coconuts, while he watched karate movies. I have my dad to thank for my obsession with all things coconut.

Q: Current obsessions? 

A: Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar’s Vegan Tuna Melt,  Ashley Brooke Design tumblers, Bearded Brothers’ organic energy bars and Orlando-themed tanks from Go Big Tees.

Q: Where can we follow you on Instagram? 

A: @Majorcreates + @EatProjectPop

Snack on,
Chauniqua Major, but we’re friends so call me Major!

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Donut King is a family owned donut shop that opened in late 2007 in Minneola, Fl, and just a few months ago – they opened their second location on Howell Branch road, on the eastern edges of Winter Park / Casselberry.

Suffice it to say, this location is a lot closer to us on the east side than the Minneola one.

Unlike the first location, they are only open 5 a.m.-8 p.m daily.

What makes these donuts such a joy to eat? They’re soft, pillowy, and large – and quite delicious.

Throw your caution and diet to the wind before entering.

Some of the highlights are the glazed donut and the bacon maple glazed donut, but they have red velvet glazed, sprinkles, vanilla, pretty much all the favorites.

In addition to their donuts, they also have hot dog rolls, breakfast croissant sandwiches, and little slider hamburgers called castle burgers. They do not, however, have their jambalaya and fried chicken wings that is available in the first location…yet.

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Donut King
3716 Howell Branch Rd Winter Park, FL 32792
(321) 316-4817
http://www.thedonutking.com/
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October 13, 2014, we were invited to Krispy Kreme to see the behind the scenes operation and enjoy some fresh doughnuts. All doughnuts are made when the Hot sign is on and is made all by a machine. The only part of Krispy Kreme that isn’t operated by machines is packing the doughnuts into boxes and serving happy customers.

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Krispy Kreme plans on giving a free Halloween or Pumpkin Spice Doughnut to anyone who wears his or her costume into a location on Halloween!

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Dough is on a “doughnut elevator” and slowly moves to the fryer. Once fried on one side, the next step is to flip the doughnuts one column at a time.

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The doughnuts move forward on the conveyor belt and out of the oil to allow excess oil to drip off and down into a safe section of the belt.

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My favorite part was when the doughnuts went under a glazing waterfall.

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This Fall season, Krispy Kreme offers Pumpkin Spice and Pumpkin Cheesecake as well as a number of Toasted Marshmallow stuffed doughnuts.

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In my opinion, the Pumpkin Spice is my favorite Fall season doughnut from Krispy Kreme. It is like heaven in every bite.

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Not only did we try doughnuts at Krispy Kreme, we also decorated our own doughnuts.

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This cash-only bakery has been in operation on Michigan Street for over 20 years. It may look a little run down and need of some upkeeping, but the donuts, bagels,& breakfast sandwiches are well worth the visit.

Many folks like the croissant bacon egg and cheese or bagel sandwiches, but on this visit I went straight for the donuts – moist, sweet, delicious. The flavors ranged from glazed to blueberry, apple, frosted, sprinkles, and many more. Try to get there early because by early afternoon, the selection is far less and many of the donuts raided by the locals.

Prices are very affordable, which explains the cash only policy, with half a dozen donuts for $4.25.

The owners seem to be friends with the folks at Sip ‘N Dip Donuts in St. Cloud, too.

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Stacks of donuts glowing under the flourescent lights

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Apple cinnamon donuts, sour cream, glazed, sprinkles

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We found out recently that there is a donut shop near by our house that makes all their donuts in house. With the recent opening of Donut King in Winter Park, it seems Orlando is ripe for a donut renaissance that would make even Homer J. Simpson proud.

Sip and Dip is located off of the main stretch of US-192 in sleepy St. Cloud. The place is run by a happy Thai couple and has been open for almost 20 years since opening here in 1996. The clientele is local and loyal, and I can see why.

The display case prominently placed in the center calls attention to your eyes immediately. The bright fluorescent lighting illuminates yellow trays of rainbow sprinkled glazed donuts, plump glazed bear claws, red velvet chocolate donuts, apple fritters, and many, many others. The display reminds me of Donut King for some reason, and even the smell and taste are similar – sweet and fluffy and altogether a delight to eat. One donut is $0.98, while buying in bulk at a dozen brings in an even better deal at $7.49 for a design. With quality and tastes like this, there is no reason ever to go back to the run of the mill Dunkin’ Donuts.

In addition to their heavenly donuts, Sip and Dip also offers a nice list of bagel and croissant sandwiches and kolaches, which are stuffed hot dog wrapped in bread with cheese and jalapeno peppers, fresh and hot.

The Thai owners even bring a taste of their home here with an assortment of Thai tea and flavored boba teas available for order.

I can’t wait to go back!

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Display case of wondrous donuts at Sip and Dip
Display case of wondrous donuts at Sip and Dip
Rainbow sprinkled vanilla frosting donuts
Rainbow sprinkled vanilla frosting donuts
Coconut and nuts donut
Coconut and nuts donut
Red velvet and more
Red velvet and more

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Assorted toys and gifts for the little ones
Assorted toys and gifts for the little ones
A beautiful mural of space and donuts - note, the big "dipper"
A beautiful mural of space and donuts – note, the big “dipper”
Bacon, egg, and cheese croissant - very good
Bacon, egg, and cheese croissant – very good
Jalapeno and cheese kolache hot dog in a bun
Jalapeno and cheese kolache hot dog in a bun
You know what's up
You know what’s up

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Sip and Dip Donuts – St. Cloud
Website: https://www.facebook.com/sipndip
Mon – Sat: 5:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sun: 5:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sip & Dip Donuts on Urbanspoon

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First there was the Cronut and now the kind folks at the chocolate lover’s paradise – Peterbrooke Chocolatier of Winter Park (300 S. Park Avenue , Winter Park, Florida 32789) – have created the Broissant, a doughnut-croissant hybrid.

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Like any well-made, cronut-like dessert, the dough is carefully laminated– at Peterbrooke, this is a four-hour process. If you’re aren’t familiar with laminating — it is a baking term for a folding process of alternating layers of dough and butter when making pastries such as croissants and danishes. The more folds or “turns” laminated dough has, the more flaky the finished pastry will be.

The broissants are all made to order treats, coming in two sizes and include toppings:

Broissant (Full size with toppings): $4
Broissant Pépites (Three minis with toppings): $3

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Peterbrooke offers the following seasonal flavors of Broissants; however, additional flavors may be available upon request:

· Pumpkin Cheesecake *NEW*

· Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel

· Ceylon Cinnamon & Sugar

· Peanut Butter with Nutter Butter and Milk Chocolate Ganache

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Pepites and Broissants in dough form

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Owner Kevin Wray fires up the fryer to get the broissants in

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Freshly fried broissants to order, ready for toppings

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Cinnamon and cane sugar broissant

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Pumpkin cheesecake broissant

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Pumpkin cheesecake broissant

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Peanut butter with nutter butter and milk chocolate ganache

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Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Broissant

 

 

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